We've had a busy start to the New Year.
The pupils from Leavers’ Class have been engaged in their SRC courses. It’s hard to believe the second modules are coming to an end. The pupils have been working hard to complete their practical tasks and we are delighted with their progress. There’s still a bit of book work to complete and then we’ll all be ready for our third choices.
The Donard Diner continues to do well and we’ve had great feedback from our customers. They really look forward to visiting us.
Our Young Enterprise team is also getting ready for the annual trade fair in Rushmere - hopefully we’ll make a good profit on the day!
Pupils in Leavers’ have been busy creating lots of beautiful Christmas craft for their gift bags, as well as for their Young Enterprise. They have had a great run of sales, with many items selling out within a matter of days.
We enjoyed two visits to the SRC Banbridge campus - the Open Day and the Annual Tea Dance. It was great to meet up with our old friends.
We have been enjoying our second module in the SRC Newry, getting to grips with saws, hair brushes and copper pipes. The pupils have been busy learning lots of new skills.
A huge congratulations to the Leavers’ pupils for their participation in the Christmas Carol Service - the hard work paid off and the morning was a huge success.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!
What a great morning we enjoyed in the Belmont Hotel, at the Banbridge Festival - well done to all who took part!
Pupils in Leavers’ Class have finished their first module in the SRC. To end their module, the Drama Production group put on a short play which was very well received by the pupils of Rathore and Donard. Already they have been trying new skills in Blow Drying Hair, Plumbing and Making a Storage Unit in Woodwork.
Pupils have continued to excel themselves in our Donard Diner venture and now that the training programme is finished we are beginning to make some money. We hope to be able to treat ourselves with our ‘profits’ later on in the year.
We enjoyed a great afternoon at the SSE Arena, watching the Ice Hockey. A great afternoon of entertainment was provided by Yale University and Union College.
Leavers’ Class have been busy completing accreditations in the SRC, in St Patrick’s and in Donard School.
We enjoyed a visit from Mickey and Minnie to launch our fund raising campaign to Disney.
Our café venture is turning out to be a huge success. We have had visits from the pupils in Class 5 and Class 6. They have filled in our evaluation forms and said we are doing really well.
Pupils from Senior School are joining together on Friday mornings for a shared break. This is a great social occasion and it is lovely to see the interactions at the table.
What a big change we have had in Leavers’ Class this year. We are delighted to welcome four new friends to our class and look forward to lots of exciting things to do over the coming year.
We have spent some time getting to know each other. We have shared our likes and dislikes and looked at our personal strengths.
Our days are very busy with lots of different activities going on. We have a group going to STEP (a transition programme), a group attending St Patrick’s to do History and Home Economics accreditations. We’ve also returned to the SRC, where we have been busy with our new courses - Drama, Basic Fast Fit and Painting and Decorating.
We also celebrated a boy’s 19th birthday in class!
We are looking forward to a great year of fun times and happy memories!
We can’t believe that we have come to the end of the school year already!
We have been so busy this year and the pupils have been so productive! SRC has continued to be a huge success and the pupils have developed so many skills.
We have also been busy with our Prince’s Trust work, learning more about the importance of exercise, team work and how to manage our money more carefully.
The pupils have really enjoyed the cookery sessions in class. They have worked hard to design menus, while developing awareness of healthy eating and promoting their independence.
It has been a pleasure to watch them flourish this year.
We say ‘au revoir’ to our four of our friends and we wish them all the very best in the next part of their journey.
Thank you for your continued support over the year - we couldn’t do it without you!
I can not believe we have reached the end of April already - the school year is flying in!!!
Leavers pupils are taking things easy this term - just with cookery. We are looking at convenience meals and dinners that the pupils can prepare, with minimal staff support - this is a great way to prepare for life beyond Donard School. Already we have made jacket potatoes, with a range of fillings, and waffles with fish fingers - always a winner!
We have been busy completing our Prince’s Trust units in Managing Money, Participating in Exercise and Teamwork Skills - these will support us daily when we leave Donard School..
What a month!
Our Leavers finished their second module in the SRC and undertook their third - we are looking forward to our last sessions, with students taking part in Nail Art, Car Valeting and Horticulture (Growing Food from Seed). I am really looking forward to tasting the home-grown beetroot!
This month our pupils excelled themselves - they demonstrated a sense of pride with the official opening of the school, the parent open morning and the Spring Concert. They have shown a range of skills - preparing the school for visitors, serving tea and coffee, promoting our Young Enterprise stall, partaking and supporting in the Spring Concert - each one offering their skills and qualities in their own individual way - well done Leavers!
PS Look out for our Young Enterprise Spring/Summer brochure catalogue coming soon!
Life in Leavers continues to be busy - we have been continuing our Prince’s Trust Units and have been particularly busy this month ‘participating in exercise’. We have been taking part in a sensory circuit in class, going to the leisure centre each week and taking part in soccer training, under the direction of Mal Donaghy, IFA. It has been great to see the strength, endurance and confidence grow each week.
We enjoyed meeting our friends from Ceara for the Valentine Disco, returning the invitation they made to us last year. It was great to see them all again, and we look forward to meeting up at the Interschool Formal on May 17th - remember to keep this date free!
Leavers pupils have hit the New Year hard and fast - we’ve been back to the SRC and had great experiences in class doing Baking Skills, Photography and learning how to keep safe on the internet.
We’ve also been preparing for the Young Enterprise Cross Border Trade Fair - our theme is ‘Recycle, Upcycle and we’ve been busy making our products.
We’ve also enjoyed taking part in the Gathering Drums drumming sessions.
The key theme this term is Healthy Eating and our pupils have been busy in cookery making lots of healthy options - steamed vegetables have been a real success.
We’ve also been going to use the facilities in Banbridge Leisure Centre., to support our Prince’s Trust accreditation Participating in Exercise.